The Holy Ground Baptist Academy football team eased to a 60-12 victory over Central Christian on Friday night in Sharpsburg for its region opener, improving to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.
The Stallions racked up 383 yards of total offense led by junior Jackson Yates, who rushed for 123 yards on just four carries and also completed 9-of-12 pass attempts for 112 yards.
Holy Ground opened with a big special teams play when Jackson Yates took a kickoff return 60 yards to the Crusaders' 8-yard line, setting up a Brady Yates touchdown run and two-point conversion for the 8-0 advantage.
Following a pair of Crusader punts, Brady Yates found the end zone again on a 61-yard touchdown and he also added the two-point try to stretch it to a 16-0 contest with 6:42 remaining in the first quarter.
Central cut the lead down to 10 just over two minutes later on a 32-yard touchdown run, but a 44-yard Jackson Yates scamper made it a three-possession game at 24-6.
Following a fourth-down stop by the Stallion defense, Jackson Yates connected with Chris Organ on a touchdown pass and Brady Yates added the two-point conversion for the 32-6 advantage late in the first.
From there, Jackson Yates hit paydirt again on a 56-yard run, which was followed by a Brady Yates two-point conversion and it was a Yates-to-Yates connection on a 55-yard screen pass that accounted for the next Stallion score, where a missed PAT left it 46-6 late in the first half.
An interception by Lane Long set up a five-yard touchdown run by Brady Yates and Organ closed out the scoring in the first half on a five-yard run of his own for the 60-6 lead going into the break.
The Crusaders added their second touchdown of the night in the second half for the lone scoring and final margin of 60-12.
Organ led the HG defense with 14 tackles on Friday night.
Friday night's contest came after the game against Twiggs Academy was called off the previous week due to inclement weather. That game will be rescheduled at a later date.
“With last week’s game being cancelled, it put us out for two weeks and our kids were anxious to get back out and play someone other than themselves. Our discipline was great and their effort and execution was on point for where we need to be at this time," HG head coach Jamie Perry said. "I look forward to getting on a regular playing schedule to see what our guys can do. We have a great group of young men who try to outwork every other team they play.”
The Stallions have an open date next week and will travel to CrossPointe Christian Academy in Williamson on Sept. 29.